Enel's Delfina project in operation

BRAZIL: Enel's 180MW Delfina project in the north-east of the country has gone online.

Vestas will supply 90 2MW V110 turbines for the project

The six-phase wind farm comprises 90 2MW Vestas V110 2MW turbines and is capable of producing 800GWh/year, Enel said.

The Italian firm's Brazilian subsidiary Enel Green Power Brazil (EGPB) built approximately 90km of transmission line to connect the site across the municipality of Campo Formoso in Bahia to the nearest substation in the city of Juazeiro.

The group invested approximately $400 million in Delfina’s construction — part of this was through a loan for the project from the Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES).

It also won a power purchase agreement (PPA) in the sixth reverse power auction for power connected by 1 October.

Enel now has a total installed renewable capacity of 1.84GW — of which 670MW is wind, 279MW from solar PV, and 890MW is generated by hydropower. It also has nearly 172MW worth of wind farms under construction.

EGPB launched programmes to help preserve the endangered blue Lear’s macaw and Caatinga biome cougar in the areas neighbouring the Delfina plant.

Enel, meanwhile, has offered qualification courses to neighbouring communities, such as entrepreneurship courses as well as carpentry and electrician training, to enable income generation.